When one passes judgement on the credibility of a work of literature, he must first thoroughly examine the studies upon which the author bases his composition. In the case of Tim LaHaye’s sensational series of novels regarding the rapture, biblical prophecy is the primary platform of substance.
Left Behind deals directly with the prophecies claimed by theologians in the book of Revelations. Many are skeptical of the seemingly outrageous predictions made by the book. To get a better understanding of the possibility of such events taking place let’s first examine the history of other biblical prophecy. One outstanding book that is packed with fulfilled prognostications is the book of Ezekiel. In the twenty-sixth chapter, the Lord reveals to Ezekiel seven predictions. They are as follows: Nebuchadnezzar will destroy the mainland city of Tyre, many nations will come against Tyre, She will be made a bare rock; flat like the top of a rock, fishermen will spread nets over the site, the debris will be thrown into the water, she will never be rebuilt, and she will never be found again. The fact must be taken into consideration that at the time, Tyre was a great nation such as our own. Moreover, nobody ever imagined it would fall, much less endure such catastrophic shortcomings. Mathematicians have concluded that if Ezekiel had made these predictions with human wisdom there would have been only one chance in 75, 000, 000 of their all coming true (McDowell 63). Nonetheless, each and every augury was fulfilled. If that doesn’t lend credibility to the Bible, what does?
In addition, numerous studies have proven the bible to be rich with historical accuracy. One of the greatest being archaeology. Archaeologist Joseph Free hits a nail on the head when he states, “Archaeology has confirmed countless passages which have been rejected by critics and unhistorical or contradictory to known facts (McDowell 54).”
In conclusion, there exists no document from the ancient world witnessed by so excellent a set of textual and historical testimonies and offering so superb an array of historical data on which an intelligent decision may be made. Skepticism regarding the historical credentials of Christianity is based on irrational bias.
McDowell, Josh. A Ready Defense. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1993